Here's how the 156-golfer field for this week's 100th Wisconsin State Open Monday-Wednesday at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa was determined:
In the field (12): Jordan Elsen, Kenosha/Wellington, Fla. (2016); Ryan Helminen, Menasha (2008, 2014); Kyle Henning, Sussex (2015), Max Hosking, Fitchburg (2017); Skip Kendall, Fox Point/Windermere, Fla. (1988, 1989); Jim Lemon, Verona (2013); David Roesch, Menomonee Falls (2004); Jim Schuman, Madison/Scottsdale, Ariz. (1996, 1999); Andrew Steinhofer, Madison (2012); Eddie Terasa, Waukesha (1985, 1995, 2010); Mark Wilson, Menomonee Falls/Elmhurst, Ill. (2001); Dan Woltman, Beaver Dam (2007-a, 2009-a, 2018, 2019).
Who to watch: Dan Woltman, a Korn Ferry Tour golfer who has missed 11 of 13 cuts this season, is trying to become the first golfer to win this event three years in a row (11 others have won back-to-back titles, with two of them doing it twice). He is also seeking to join Francis Gallett, Manuel de la Torre, Bob Brue and Steve Stricker as the only golfers to win the State Open five times. His final-round 71 last year at Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva ended a run of seven straight rounds in the 60s in this event. ... Keep an eye on Madison native Jim Schuman, a two-time State Open champion and four-time runner-up who is coming off a victory in the WPGA Senior Professionals Championship and has spent the last five summers as a teaching professional at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, site of this 100th State Open. He is also the two-time defending champion in the Wisconsin State Senior Open. ... Skip Kendall and Mark Wilson are both former regulars on the PGA Tour. Kendall hasn't played in the State Open since 1990 when he and current PGA Tour Champions golfer Jerry Kelly of Madison finished second to current U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker of Edgerton at North Shore CC in Mequon. Wilson hasn't played since he edged Schuman by four strokes to win the 2001 State Open on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler. ... Former University of Wisconsin golfer Jim Lemon is playing less than a year after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that came shortly after tying for 26th at the 2019 State Open in Lake Geneva.
Wisconsin State Amateur
In the field (4): a-Hunter Eichhorn, Carney, Mich. (2019); a-Thomas Longbella, Chippewa Falls (2020); a-Nick Nelson, Milwaukee (2016); a-Harrison Ott, Brookfield (2018).
Who to watch: All four have the pedigree to contend at Blue Mound. Harrison Ott, a rising senior at Vanderbilt University, became the first Wisconsin golfer since Woltman in 2009 to reach the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. He also reached the match-play portion of the recent Western Amateur at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, Ind. An amateur hasn't won the Wisconsin State Open since Mequon's Jordan Niebrugge in 2011 and Ott is playing well enough to do it. ... Thomas Longbella, a rising senior at Minnesota, is playing some of the best golf of his young career coming off his 10-stroke victory at the 2020 State Am at Milwaukee CC, another of Wisconsin's classic layouts built in the same era as Blue Mound. ... Hunter Eichhorn, a redshirt junior at Marquette who won the 2019 State Amateur, has competed in the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur in the last month. ... Nick Nelson, a former Marquette golfer, tied for sixth at the State Am after tying for fifth at the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship. ... Eau Claire's Matt Tolan, the 2017 State Am champion who finished fourth in this year's State Am, is the only golfer in this category not entered. Classes have resumed at the University of South Dakota where Tolan is beginning work on his MBA while hoping to use a fifth year of eligibility after the spring season was canceled due to COVID-19.
Other major championships
Wisconsin PGA champions (1): Joe Leonard, Cambridge (2018).
Wisconsin PGA match-play champions (1): Kurt Mantyla, Wauwatosa (2019).
Who to watch: Past State Open champions Ryan Helminen (2019, '16), Jim Schuman (2017) and David Roesch (2015) have also won the WPGA and would otherwise be exempt in this category. Roesch (2018, '15) and Schuman (2017, '16) are also recent WPGA match-play champions.
WPGA Junior champion (1): a-Kyle Bengston, Minocqua.
WPLA Ray Fischer champion (1): a-Joe Weber, Onalaska.
Who to watch: Kyle Bengston, a UW-Green Bay recruit, has won each of his last four WPGA Junior points events starting with the WPGA Junior that earned him his State Open exemption. He followed that with victories at the Dells Junior Championship, the WPGA Junior Four-Ball and the WPGA Players Tour event on the Links Course at the GCs of Lawsonia in Green Lake. ... Joe Weber, who was the runner-up to Illinois golfer Chadd Slutzky at the WSGA State Match Play in Kenosha before winning the Ray Fischer, is coming off a T28 showing at the Wisconsin State Amateur at Milwaukee CC.
Wisconsin Assistant Professionals stroke-play champion (1): Andy Hansen, Germantown.
Wisconsin Assistant Professionals match-play champion (1): Dan Hastreiter, Sheboygan.
National PGA Assistants Championship qualifiers (1): Neal Grusczynski, West Allis/Athens, Ohio.
WSGA State Junior champion (1): a-Bennett Swavely, Hudson.
WSGA Mid-Amateur champion (1): a-Brandon Cloete, Madison.
WPGA/WSGA Nelthorpe Cup team qualifiers (24): a-Michael Bielawski, Waukesha; Thomas Burton, Fox Point; a-Kevin Cahill, Waukesha; a-Christopher Colla, Fond du Lac; Michael Crowley, Fox Point; Craig Czerniejewski, Hartford; a-Joe DuChateau, Fond du Lac; John Freeman, Muskego; John Gaschke, Oregon; a-Bob Gregorski, Menasha; a-Emmet Herb, Middleton; a-Piercen Hunt, Hartland; a-Phillip Johnson, Colgate; a-Garrett Jones, Madison; Jeff Kaiser, Verona; Brad Munn, Cottage Grove; Chad Sandee, Plymouth; a-Jack Schultz, Milwaukee; a-Ben Shafer, Brookfield; a-Rocky Sperka, Milwaukee; Erik Stenseth, Madison; a-Kevin Van Rossum, Hartland; Mark Voeller, Pewaukee; a-Paul Zarek, Burlington.
Who to watch: Andy Hansen finished fourth in defense of his title at last week's Wisconsin Assistants Championship behind winner Blake Jens, who will receive an exemption into the 2021 State Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and Pine Hills CC in Sheboygan. The two are scheduled to meet in the final quarterfinal match in the Wisconsin Assistants Match Play Championship. ... Bennett Swavely, who will be a senior this fall at Hudson, has committed to the University of Minnesota. ... Emmet Herb is an NCAA Division III first-team All-American at St. Thomas (Minn.). ... Keep an eye on 2019 Western Junior champion Piercen Hunt of Hartland, who will be a freshman this fall at Illinois. He double-bogeyed two holes in a final-round 72 at last year's State Open to fall from sole possession of fifth place into a tie for 12th. ... Phillip Johnson, a former University of Dayton (Ohio) golfer, was the 2017 State Open runner-up to Max Hosking. ... Two-time Wisconsin State Amateur champion Bob Gregorski, who missed this year's State Am with a broken foot, was a runner-up at the 1984 State Open to Greg Dick, who withdrew from this year's championship.
2019 Wisconsin State Open
(Top 40 finishers plus ties)
In the field (19): David Bach, Cleveland, Wis.; a.r.-Tom Boockmeier, Oak Creek; Andy Buege, Green Bay/Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Zach Burry, Appleton; a-Owen Butler, Stoughton; John Gullberg, Franksville; Ryan Isaacson, Eau Claire; a-Phillip Johnson; Colgate; Kraig Joy, Appleton; Austin Kendziorski, Germantown; John Langhoff, Pewaukee; a-Tyler Leach, Spring Valley; Brent Quade, Madison; Mick Smith, Summit; Kaylor Steger, Mount Pleasant; Patrick Stolpe, Oostburg/Scottsdale, Ariz.; CJ Swift, ex-Marquette University/Naples, Fla.; a-Nate Thomson, Greendale; Peter Webb, Madison.
Who to watch: This category is loaded with contenders, starting with Oostburg native Patrick Stolpe, 2019 State Open runner-up who finished three shots behind Woltman a year ago at Geneva National GC in Lake Geneva. It was his second runner-up finish in this event after tying for second in 2008. ... This category also features a pair of college golfers coming off runner-up finishes at the Wisconsin State Amateur (Toledo's Nate Thomson and Marquette's Tyler Leach, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at last year's State Open). ... There are a host of mini-tour golfers (Andy Buege, Zach Burry, John Gullberg, Ryan Isaacson, Austin Kendziorski, John Langhoff, Brent Quade, Kaylor Steger, CJ Swift and Peter Webb) who could play their way into contention. Webb, who has been competing on the Dakotas Tour this summer, finished in a six-way tie for sixth last year with Jones, Van Rossum, Kendziorski and David Bach.
2020 WPGA Match Play Qualifiers
In the field (17): Brian Brotchie, Williams Bay; Charlie Brown, Sturtevant; Keith Buntrock, Franklin; Jamie Christianson, Egg Harbor; Joe DeRosa, Onalaska; Jim Gaugert, Lake Geneva; Matt Goodson, Beaver Dam; Dave Kemnitz, Minocqua; Kyle Kunash, Woodstock, Ill.; Scott LeMire, Appleton; Andrew Podolak, West Bend; Jason Rasmussen, Grafton; Matt Sabol, Sheboygan; Jason Samuelian, Racine; Tyler Siech, Plymouth; Gunnar Stapp, Jackson; Ryan Zonski, Sheboygan Falls.
Who to watch: Bryan Brotchie, Kyle Kunash, Jamie Christianson and Jason Rasmussen are still alive in the summer-long WPGA Match Play Championship, as are Chad Sandee, John Freeman and Jim Schuman, who are exempt in other categories. Former State Open champions David Roesch and Ryan Helminen have yet to play their second-round match. ... Jason Samuelian was the 2003 State Open runner-up to Jon Turcott.
Other exemption categories
2020 championship/qualifying host professional (3): Shaun Finley, The Oaks GC-Cottage Grove; Matt Taken, Tuckaway CC-Franklin; JT Thompson, Bullseye GC-Wisconsin Rapids.
Top two players not otherwise exempt on 2019 WPGA Member/WSGA Player of the Year List (1): George Kneiser, Oconomowoc.
Top assistant professional not otherwise exempt off 2019 POY list (1): Evan Wartgow, Fitchburg.
Sponsor/special exemption (3): a-Ricky Kuiper, Racine; a-Max Pasher, Mequon; a-Joe True, Milwaukee.
Who to watch: George Kneiser, a former UW-Green Bay golfer, turned professional after losing his senior season to COVID-19 and qualified for a Korn Ferry Tour event in Springfield, Mo., with a 63 in the open qualifier. ... Evan Wartgow, the head professional at Koshkonong Mounds CC in Fort Atkinson, led the 2016 National Assistant Professionals Championship after the opening round with a 68. ... Ricky Kuiper, a former Butler University golfer, shot 9-under 63 in the second round of the Racine County Open championship in July and lost a playoff with 2012 State Open runner-up Ben Bendtsen III. ... Max Pasher is a current UW-Green Bay golfer. ... Joe True, the assistant vice president for college advancement and athletics development at Marquette University, is a Blue Mound member who plays to a +2.0 handicap. Last month, he shot a pair of 4-under 67s to win the 44th annual Wilbur Suhre Memorial Tournament in his hometown of Edwardsville, Ill.
Date: July 14
Course: Tuckaway CC-Franklin
Qualifiers (10): a-Ryan Duffey, Brookfield; Zach Gaugert, Waunakee/Scottsdale, Ariz.; a-Andrew Sharafinski, Greendale; a-Jack Anderson, Brookfield; Neil Johnson, River Falls; Matthew Ferrelli, Milford, Mass. (WD); a-David Brock, Mequon; a-Bill Crinzi, Milwaukee (WD); Eric Schroeckenthaler, Waukesha; a-Cameron Huss, Kenosha.
Alternates: a-Michael O'Neil, Muskego (IN); a.r.-Matt Ellis, South Milwaukee (IN); a-Robert Yurasovich, St. Francis.
Notables to qualify: Medalist Ryan Duffey is a 36-year-old Blue Mound member who is owner and president of Engineering Resource Center. ... Runner-up Zach Gaugert of Waunakee is a former Marquette golfer now playing mini-tour golf and makes his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... River Falls native Neil Johnson, who also lives much of the year in the Phoenix area, was the 2009 State Open runner-up to Woltman. He lost his State Open exemption in 2013 when he shot 73-78 at Tuckaway and missed the 36-hole cut by one shot. ... Kenosha's Cameron Huss, who survived a 4-for-3 playoff for the final berths, won the WSGA Junior Boys Championship earlier this month at the Legend at Brandybrook GC in Wales.
Notables to miss: Waterford's Andrew Troyanek, the 2016 Wisconsin State Assistants Championship winner, finished T7 at the 2014 State Open at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls. ... University of Wisconsin golfer Jack Blair of Wauwatosa shot 76 and missed by three shots, but would bounce back to win the Last-Chance Qualifier with a 69. ... Burlington's Ramiro Romo, 63, the 2017 WSGA Senior Amateur champion and father of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, shot 76 and also missed by three. ... 2012 State Open runner-up Ben Bendtsen III, a reinstated amateur from Racine, shot 77 and missed by four. ... Waterford's Steve Krause, the 1982 State Open runner-up to amateur Allen Christ, missed qualifying with an 80. ... College golfers Sean Murphy of Waunakee (UW-Eau Claire) and Max Schmidtke of Sheboygan (Illinois-Springfield) also missed with matching 80s.
Who to watch: River Falls' Neil Johnson won the 2016 CoBank Colorado Open and the 2017 Nebraska State Open and has extensive experience in State Opens around the country. Earlier this summer, he had the lead after an opening 64 at the 77th Arizona State Open. He is warming up for the Wisconsin State Open this weekend by playing the Utah State Open, where he opened with rounds of 67 and 68 and was T5 after 36 holes.
Date: July 16
Course: Geneva National GC/Palmer Course-Lake Geneva.
Qualifiers (5): a-Cory Aune, Lake Geneva; Mike Johnston, Hales Corner/Chandler, Ariz.; a-Aidan Lafferty, Downers Grove, Ill.; a-Matthew Davidson, McFarland; a-Mason Schulz, Mukwonago.
Alternates: a-Kyle Smith, Grafton (IN); a-Jack McKinney, Milwaukee; a-Luke Abram, Williams Bay.
Notables to qualify: Co-medalist Mike Johnston, the 1994 WIAA Division 1 state champion from Whitnall High School, was a runner-up to Ryan Helminen at the 2008 Wisconsin State Open at Eau Claire G&CC. ... Co-medalist Cory Aune got into last month's Wisconsin State Amateur by winning a 7-for-1 playoff for the final berth at State Am qualifying and then missed the cut by one shot. He is a 38-year-old who didn't start playing golf competitively until his late 20s and last year qualified for the U.S Mid-Amateur. ... Aidan Lafferty is a redshirt freshman at Marquette University who finished T32 at last month's State Am. ... Matthew Davidson, a former Edgewood College golfer, shot 75-64-69-65 and finished T5 at last month's Ray Fischer Amateur Championship. He missed out on a State Am berth after shooting 74 in a qualifier and falling in a 6-for-1 playoff for the final spot.
Notables to miss: Jack McKinney, the 2011 WSGA Junior Boys champion, shot 75 and earned second-alternate status. Michael O'Reilly, head golf professional at Whistling Straits in Haven and director of golf operations for Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, shot 79 and missed qualifying by five shots.
Who to watch: Mike Johnston comes home to the Milwaukee area from Arizona where he has been the director of player development for Seville G&CC in Gilbert since 2018. He had four top-15 finishes in the State Open between 2008 and 2012, the last a sixth-place showing at The Racine CC.
Date: July 16
Course: Bullseye GC-Wisconsin Rapids
Qualifiers (5): Chris Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids; Stuart Larus, Wisconsin Rapids; Christopher Vendl, St. German; a-Dylan Brown, Reedsburg; a-Alex Okray, Stevens Point; a-Sam Cianciola, Nekoosa.
Alternates: a-Randall Hill, Wisconsin Rapids; Ryan Wieme, Verona; Earl Singleton, Wisconsin Rapids.
Notables to qualify: Dylan Brown is a rising junior on the Winona (Minn.) State men's golf team. ... Alex Okray played college golf at Carthage and St. Norbert.
Notables to miss: Eagle River's Garth Gilster, the 2018 Channel 7 Invitational runner-up, shot 78 and missed qualifying by two shots. ... Former Marquette men's golf coach Tim Grogan missed by three shots with a 79 as did UW-Eau Claire golfer Mason Gardner of Waupaca. ... Former Minocqua CC head professional Peter Nomm (82) failed to qualify as did sons Kaeden Nomm (80) and Ansen Nomm (83). ... Marinette's Ty Kretz, who is No. 2 on the 2020 WPGA Junior boys player-of-the-year points race, missed qualifying with an 82. ... Winona State recruit Stanford Swid of Mosinee missed with an 86.
Who to watch: Reedsburg's Dylan Brown enjoyed a pair of top-10 finishes at the WSGA Junior Boys Championship in 2017 and '18 and last year finished T26 at the Wisconsin State Amateur at the GC of Lawsonia's famed Links Course. With the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cancelling fall sports, it's hard to say when Brown will tee it up for Winona State next.
Date: July 22
Course: Washington County GC-Hartford
Qualifiers (13): a-Danny Behm, Hubertus; a-Ryan Siegler, Brookfield; Josh Grisa, Sheboygan; a-Brian Morris, Shorewood; a-Marty Swab, Menomonee Falls; a-Josh Teplin, Mequon; Samuel Weber, Hartland; Ryan Franklin, Oconomowoc; a-Robert Hughes, Wauwatosa; a-Peter Kaufmann, Milwaukee; a-Partrick Duffy, Appleton/Chicago (WD); a-Jacob Beckman, Middleton; a-Drew Sagrillo, Mequon.
Alternates: a-Ryonen Faris, Fond du Lac (IN); a-Adam Fazio, Wauwatosa; a-Eli Belich, West Allis.
Notables to qualify: Co-medalist Danny Behm has missed the cut in two of his previous three State Opens, according to WSGA records. ... Co-medalist Ryan Ziegler finished T57 in his last State Open at Tuckaway CC in 2013. ... Menomonee Falls' Marty Swab and Mequon's Josh Teplin both went 2-0 at the Wisconsin/Minnesota Junior Cup Matches at Stevens Point CC last month and were partners in the Four-Ball competition. ... Middleton's Jacob Beckman, the 2019 WPGA Junior champion, is a UW men's golf recruit who missed the cut in his only other State Open start last year in Lake Geneva. ... Mequon's Drew Sagrillo is a former Milwaukee Marquette golfer who transferred from Dominican (Calif.) to St. Thomas (Minn.) to play golf for the Tommies, who are transitioning to NCAA Division I play in the fall of 2021.
Notables to miss: UW-Green Bay golfers Zak Kulka of Beaver Dam (73) and Ryan Schuelke of Manawa (76) both missed qualifying. ... UW-Eau Claire golfer Connor Brown of Racine missed by three with a 76. ... Twin brothers Danny Sanicki (73) and Seven Sanicki (75) of UW-Parkside by way of Menomonee Falls failed to advance.
Who to watch: Middleton's Jacob Beckman is showing signs that a breakout performance is not far away after finishing T15 at the WSGA Junior Boys Championship (82-77-76) and T4 at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational (76-70). He missed the cut in his only previous State Open last year in Lake Geneva.
Date: July 24
Course: Wild Ridge GC-Eau Claire
Qualifiers (3): Sam Strachan, New Richmond; a-Isaac Prefontaine, New Franken; a-Cole Stark, Altoona.
Alternates: a-JT Johnson, Eden Prairie, Minn. (IN); a-Jason Zahradka, New Richmond; Brian Brodell, Hortonville.
Notables to qualify: Co-medalist Sam Strachan, 28, is a certified personal swing coach at GOLFTEC in Roseville, Minn., by way of Cairnbulg, Scotland. He was an NCAA Division III All-American at Huntingdon College. ... Co-medalist Isaac Prefontaine is a UW-Eau Claire golfer who averaged 74.17 in 12 rounds for the Bluegolds. ... Altoona's Cole Stark is a former UW-Eau Claire golfer who is now the owner and operator of Gator Garb Promotions, a company started in 1997 by his father Fred that offers branded apparel, unique promotional items and custom headwear to companies.
Notables to miss: Hortonville teaching professional Brian Brodell shot 78 and missed a 3-for-1 playoff for the final spot by two strokes. Brodell won the 2003 Wisconsin State Amateur at Blue Mound G&CC, site of the 100th State Open. ... Owen Covey, who will be a senior this fall at New Richmond, shot 82 and missed by six shots.
Who to watch: New Franken's Isaac Prefontaine ranked No. 3 on the Eau Claire men's golf team in scoring with a season-best third-place finish. He finished T41 at the Wisconsin State Amateur at Milwaukee CC, but has missed the cut in each of his two State Open appearances.
Date: July 31
Course: Fox Valley GC-Kaukauna
Qualifiers (6): a-Kyle Figlmiller, Appleton; a-Dylan Kline, Neenah; a-Jed Baranczyk, Green Bay; a-Matt Behm, Valders; a-Kari Hannula Jr., De Pere; a-Tyler Cleaves, Kaukauna.
Alternates: a-Billy McKay, Milwaukee; a-Brian Zinda, Neenah; a-Nicholas Woody, Appleton.
Notables to qualify: Medalist Kyle Figlmiller is a rising junior at Carthage College. The former Kimberly High School golfer did not compete during the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 season, but averaged 75.5 in five events as a true freshman. ... Dylan Kline is a former UW-Stout golfer who led the Blue Devils in scoring as a senior in 2017-18 (75.5). ... Jed Baranczyk is a rising senior at North Dakota State. ... Tyler Cleaves averaged 80.29 in 14 rounds as a true freshman at NCAA Division II Wilmington (N.C.) University.
Notables to miss: UW-Green Bay golfer Ian Behringer of Manitowoc shot 78 and missed qualifying by five shots. ... Appleton's Aiden Cudney, a 14-year-old freshman-to-be at Kimberly High School shot 81 and missed by eight shots. He would come back to be co-medalist at the Last-Chance Qualifier with a 69. ... Nebraska-Omaha recruit Preston Cedegren, a former Bay Port golfer, missed with an 86.
Who to watch: Former Bay Port golfer Jed Baranczyk shot 72-69 to finish T3 at the Dairyland Open at Lake Wisconsin CC in Prairie du Sac and 68-69-67-69 and finished T5 at the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship at Janesville Riverside GC, but then missed qualifying for last month's Wisconsin State Amateur. In two previous State Open appearances, he finished T35 at North Shore CC in Mequon in 2017 and missed the cut at Geneva National GC in Lake Geneva in 2019.
Date: Aug. 3
Course: The Oaks GC-Cottage Grove
Qualifiers (12): a-Samuel Anderson, Stoughton; Charlie Delsman, Nekoosa; a-Nathan Joy, Franklin; David Spengler, Verona; Michael Higgins, Madison; Tim McCormick, Madison; a.r.-Sam Osborne, Williams Bay; a-Brian McCall, Middleton; a-Robbie Morway, Mequon; Cody Strang, Sun Prairie; Mitch Steiner, Argyle; a-Josh Haunty, Middleton.
Alternates: a-Adam Miller, Nekoosa (IN); a-Jensen Peck, Madison; a-Matt Elstad, Oconomowoc.
Notables to qualify: University of Wisconsin golfer Samuel Anderson shot 9-under-par 62 to set the course record at The Oaks GC in Cottage Grove by three shots (former UW golfer Ryan Helminen had held it with a 65) to beat former Hartland Arrowhead golfer Charlie Delsman. ... Delsman, a runner-up to Eddie Terasa at the 2010 State Open, is a 2019 Arrowhead Athletics Hall of Fame inductee who has won 68 times on the Florida mini-tours. ... UW golfer Robbie Morway of Mequon qualified for his first State Open since 2017. He has battled with labrum tears in both hips the last two years.
Notables to miss: UW-Stout golfer Austin Gaby, who led the Blue Devils in scoring (77.83) during 2019-20, shot 73 and missed qualifying by two shots. ... Germantown's Jake Wisniewski, who finished T3 at the 2020 Wisconsin Assistant Professionals Championship, also missed with a 73. ... DePaul University golfer Grant Boyson of Neenah shot 75 and missed by four shots. ... So did St. Thomas (Minn.) golfer James Gilmore of Verona. ... WSGA Par-3 champion Jason Mahnke of Baraboo shot 76 and missed by five.
Who to watch: Badgers golfer Samuel Anderson posted another top-10 Wisconsin State Amateur finish last month at Milwaukee CC and, going into his senior year at UW, could be poised to take another step in his steady career. His 72.55 stroke average during COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season was the second lowest in Badgers history. However, Charlie Delsman is always a threat to go low.
Last Chance qualifier
Date: Aug. 11
Course: River Club of Mequon
Qualifiers (6): a-Jack Blair, Wauwatosa; a-Aiden Cudney, Appleton; Tim Cantwell Jr., Brookfield/Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Andrew Knoll, New Berlin; Sam Schlosser, West Bend; a-Hunter Pipik, New Berlin.
Notables to qualify: Jack Blair is a former Milwaukee Marquette golfer who just wrapped up his freshman season at UW. He averaged 75.12 in eight rounds. ... Aiden Cudney, 14, who will be a freshman this fall at Kimberly, becomes the youngest golfer in the 156-player field. ... Tim Cantwell Jr. is the 1993 Wisconsin State Amateur champion who is now a teaching professional in Florida. ... Lefty Andrew Knoll turned professional after finishing fourth at the 2018 Wisconsin State Amateur and has been playing mini-tours based out of Arizona. ... Hunter Pipik, like Knoll a former New Berlin West golfer, was the 2017 WIAA Division 2 state champion.
Notables to miss: Brian Brodell, who won the 2003 Wisconsin State Amateur at Blue Mound G&CC, shot 74 and missed a 4-for-1 playoff for the final spot by one shot. ... So did UW-Green Bay golfer Zak Kulka of Beaver Dam and Middleton's Blake Jens, who last week won the Wisconsin Assistant Professionals Championship to earn an exemption into the 2021 State Open. ... Illinois-Springfield's Max Schmidtke of Sheboygan (77), St. Thomas (Minn.) golfer James Gilmore of Verona (77), Wisconsin Lutheran's Josephy Ploch of Oconomowoc (81), UW-Green Bay's Ian Behringer of Manitowoc (83) and Winona (Minn.) State's Stanford Swid of Mosinee (92) were among the college golfers who failed to qualify.
Who to watch: Brookfield native Tim Cantwell Jr. has four top-10 finishes in South Florida PGA points events, most recently a sixth-place finish at the South Florida PGA Assistant Championship where he shot 69-68 and finished seven shots back. He also shot 70-67-76 and finished tied for 17th at the South Florida in June, which was 14 shots off the pace.